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Pasadena, California
January 1, 1982
Iowa vs. Washington
Not since 1968, when Southern California defeated
Indiana 14-3 has the Big Ten's representative in the
Rose Bowl not been Michigan or Ohio State. But co-
Big Ten champion Iowa will travel to Pasadena to
play Washington on January 1 in the battle for the
Roses.
Iowa broke the grip that the Big Two has had on the
Pasadena bid with a 6-2 conference record, -tying for
the league title with Ohio State and thus will play in
its first Rose Bowl since 1959. But unlike most teams
in the Big Ten, the Hawkeyes did not win with the
pass-they won with defense.
LINEBACKER MEL Cole led the team, recording
56 solo tackles and 38 assists during the regular
season as the Hawkeye defense shut down many of
the Big Ten's high powered offenses, including a per-
formance which limited Michigan to only one touch-
down in Iowa's 9-7 victory in Ann Arbor.
The offense is led by running backs Phil Blatcher
and Eddie Phillips. Blatcher rushed for 740 yards on
the year and Phillips totalled 549 as they both carried
for impressive 4.9 averages.
Defense has also been the key to Washington's suc-
cess. The Huskies were first in the Pac-14 in total
defense, allowing just 288 yards a game, as they went
on to win the league championship with a 6-2 record
(9-2 overall). Co-captains Mark Jerue, linebacker,
and Fletcher Jenkins, tackle, were two and three in
tackles on the team and are the only seniors to start
on defense. Linebacker Ken Driscoll had 51 tackles to
lead the club.
THE HUSKIES, under the direction of head coach
Don James, earned their second consecutive trip to
Pasadena with tough wins over USC and Washington
State in the final two weeks of the season to clinch the
title. In their 10-3 victory over Marcus Allen and
Southern Cal, the Huskies allowed only 180 total yar-
ds.
The Washington offense is led by tailbacks Ron
Jackson, a sophomore, and freshman Jacque Robin-
son. As with the defense, the Huskies start only two
seniors on offense. In an offense in which James
rotates the tailbacking chores among four regulars,
Jackson was the leading rusher with 623 yards. ,
Both teams bring excellent kicking games into

Pasadena. The Hawkeyes' combination of punter
Rick Roby and placekicker Tom-Nichol have been
crucial to Iowa's success. Washington placekicker
Chuck Nelson is 29 for 29 in PAT's while making 16 of
20 field goals, including two from 51 yards.
-JESSE BARKIN
O ge 1Bowe
Miami, Florida
January 1, 1982
Clemson vs. Nebraska
As if the Nebraska Cornhuskers weren't enough
opposition for the Clemson Tigers as they attempt to
cap a storybook season with a national champion-
ship-clinching Orange Bowl victory, two more foes
have appeared. For one, the Tigers are confronted
with an impending investigation by the NCAA for
alleged recruiting violations.
The NCAA has already begun its preliminary in-
vestigation into Clemson's recruiting practices, a
fact which may affect the game preparation of Tiger
coach Danny Ford and his 11-0 squad.
AND THEN THERE'S the "Number One Jinx." Six
teams-Michigan, Notre Dame, Southern California,
Texas, Penn State and Pittsburgh-have held the top
spot in the wire service polls, only to fall soon after.
Clemson will try to avoid this fate.
The Atlantic Coast Conference champion's main
adversary, however, remains the fourth-ranked Cor-
nhuskers. Nebraska (9-2) currently sports an eight-
game winning streak, including a 37-14 rout over ar-
ch-rival Oklahoma.
Tailbacks Roger Craig and Mike Rozier lead coach
Tom Osborne's offense. Craig, a 6-2, 216-pound junior,
gained 1,060 yards with six touchdowns, while
sophomore Rozier (5-11, 208 pounds) accumulated 975
yards and five touchdowns. Both runners have
breakaway speed and both averaged over six yards
per carry.
BLOCKING FOR THE pair will be 6-3, 283-pound
center Dave Rimington. The behemoth won the
Outland Trophy and received consensus All-America
honors on his way to becoming the first interior
lineman ever to be named the Big Eight's Offensive
Player of the Year by both wire services.
Defensively, Nebraska's average yield of 9.4 points
per game speaks for itself.
Clemson, meanwhile, will counter the stingy Cor-
nhusker defense with junior quarterback Homer Jor-
dan, the nation's 10th-leading passer, and senior wide
receiver Perry Tuttle. Jordan passed for 1,496 yards
and eight touchdowns. Half of his scoring strikes and
915 yards went to Tuttle, who broke all of current Buf-
falo Bill wide receiver Jerry Butler's school records.
Jeff Davis, with 116 tackles to his credit, leads the
Tiger defense from his linebacker position.
-JIM DWORMAN

Coitus Bad
Dallas Texas
January 1, 1982
Texas vs. Alabama
The Cotton Bowl, played in Dallas, Texas on New
Year's Day, will feature the Texas Longhorns trying
to shut down the Crimson Tide of Alabama. The Tide
will be sweeping into the game with the inspiration
and momentum ignited by a 28-17 final game victory
over Auburn, a win which brought Alabama's record
to 9-1-1 and more significantly gave Paul "Bear"
Bryant his 315th coaching win, allowing him to over-
take Amos Alonzo Stagg as the winningest college
football coach of all time.
Texas, under coach Fred Akers, represents the
Southwest Conference in the Cotton Bowl for the first
time since 1977, coming in with a 9-1-1 record as well.
The Longhorns hope to stagnate the Crimson Tide of-
fense with a stingy defense which has allowed op-
ponents an average of 222.1 yards per game in total
offense this season, ranking second in the country in
that category.
ONE FACTOR in the effectiveness of the Longhorn
defense lies in the health of All-American defensive
tackle Kenneth Sims. The senior standout suffered a
broken leg and torn ankle ligaments in a November
14 contest against Texas Christian. Doctors have
predicted a 6-10 week recovery period, leaving the
chance of a Cotton Bowl appearance by Sims uncer-
tain.
Not to be overshadowed by its Texas counterparts,
the Alabama defensive crew is also tough on enemy
offenses. All-Southeastern Conference selections
Tommy Wilcox and Jim Bob Harris anchor the
secondary, while linebacker Robbie Jones leads the
teams in tackles. On the average, opposing squads
have managed only 273.5 yards a game in total offen-
se against the Crimson Tide this year.
Alabama's offensive success in 1981 has come from
an aggressive running attack which results from a
well-executed wishbone formation. In this type of of-
fensive alignment, Bryant platoons a number of run-
ning backs, dividing up the running tasks fairly
evenly. The result is no 1,000 yard rusher, but five or
six gays grinding out around 300 yards apiece. The
two leading rushers in this varied attack are
sophomore tailback Joe Carter and sophomore quar-
terback Walter Lewis who have combined for 644
yards and six touchdowns. This steady ground game
has placed the Crimson Tide fifth in the nation in
rushing offense.
Although they are known for their intimidating
defense, the Texas Longhorns have an offensive
weapon of their own, senior tailback A. J. "Jam"
Jones. The speedster has run for 834 yards this season
averaging 92.7 yards a game.

WOLVERINE TAILBACK Butch
Woolfolk shatters the Michigan all-time
rushing record with this jaunt against
Northwestern. The Westfield, N.J.
senior surpassed Rob Lytle in the
Wolverine record book.. Aside from
rushing for a team-leading 1,273 yards,
Woolfolk was also named to the All-Big
Ten team this season.

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Daily Photo by KIM HILL
THE THRILL of victory and the agony of defeat is depicted with Smith (left)
and Ohio State quarterback Art Schlichter (above right). Smith bows in
sorrow after a last-ditch effort to defeat Iowa failed while Schlichter rejoices

with a teammate after scoring the winning tou
Wolverines.

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